The kind of bacteria that decomposes a polar bear is the same kind that decomposes any other animal. Proteobacteria and Firmicutes take turns eating the dead body until only the skeleton remains. Because polar bears inhabit very cold regions, the overall process of decomposition is slowed.
The kind of Proteobacteria that initiates decomposition is known as "Pseudomonas" and requires oxygen. After some time has passed, the anaerobic Firmicutes bacteria, "Peptoniphilus" and "Clostridium", replaces "Pseudomonas" and continues the decomposition process. The major difference between decomposition of a polar bear and that of other animals that do not inhabit cold regions is the rate at which it progresses.Learn More
A polar bear can live up to 18 years on average in the wild. In captivity, polar bears have been known to live up to 30 years.Full Answer >
Two adaptations of the polar bear are its white fur and its black skin. The fur, which is actually transparent, reflects sunlight and camouflages the bear as it makes its way along ice floes in the arctic. The bear's black skin absorbs sunlight and keeps it warm.Full Answer >
The average polar bear is between 7 1/4 and 8 feet tall. Polar bears are mammals and are found in the Arctic. An adult polar bear can weigh as much as 900 to 1,600 pounds.Full Answer >
Albino polar bears would differ from normal polar bears by having pink eyes, skin, noses and gums. To be an albino, a polar bear would need to inherit two copies of a recessive gene that interferes with the production of tyrosinase â€” an enzyme involved in the production of melanin.Full Answer >